This quick red wine reduction sauce is perfect with a good steak and comes together in minutes. It can be made with or without mushrooms to elevate a quick steak night into a classic bistro experience without any of the frill and hefty price tags.

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This quick red wine reduction sauce is perfect with a perfectly cooked steak and comes together in minutes. It can be made with or without mushrooms to elevate a quick steak night into a classic bistro experience without any of the frill and hefty price tags. This robust sauce helps the boost the flavor of a fork tender pan seared filet mignon steak. Add mushrooms and amp up the flavor of amazing pan seared ribeye steaks. Or if you have an extra 5 minutes, make it to drizzle over a weeknight sirloin filet.

Easy red wine pan sauce, a classic way to elevate any quick steak dinner into a romantic bistro experience. Oh, and did I mention it’s easy?

Why Red Wine Sauce?

White wine sauce’s more underrated cousin, red wine sauce, is the best kept secret in terms of steak companions. Packed with rich flavor, a classic red wine steak sauce will take your steak dinner to the next level–it’s the ideal accompaniment! Also known as Bordelaise sauce, this classic French sauce is made with simple ingredients. Rather than finding the perfect glass of wine as a beverage, you can simply add the perfect pairing directly into the sauce with your cut of red meat (don’t worry, you can still drink a glass too!).

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

This easy recipe for a red wine reduction sauce with shallots is bursting with flavor. You’ll be surprised at how affordable such a seemingly fancy steak dinner is, and this delicious sauce gives you the chance to sneak in some extra veggies with your dinner (if you use the mushrooms).

GirlCarnivore Pro Tip

This sauce is best when you use the same pan you just cooked a steak in. The pan drippings help deepend the flavor in big ways! When you deglaze the pan, by scraping up the browned bits when you slowly add the red wine they add a bolder flavor to this sauce than a clean pan would.

Ingredients for red wine steak sauce.

Ingredients

  • Mushrooms, baby bellas are always perfect for steak. However, this recipe works without mushrooms too.
  • Olive oil – or your favorite neutral cooking oil
  • Salt – we always use kosher salt
  • Shallot
  • Fresh Thyme
  • Freshly ground black Pepper
  • Red wine – always use a deep-bodied red wine you’d also want a glass of later
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Butter – we always use unsalted butter

Don’t have a shallot but still want a quick and easy red wine sauce for steaks? Just substitute garlic and minced white onion.

How to Make Red Wine and Shallot Pan Sauce

  • Swirl olive oil in a preheated skillet over medium heat. Then add the mushrooms (if using, this recipe works with or without them) to the skillet, sprinkle salt, and toss. Cook until the liquid has been pulled out of the mushrooms and absorbed–5 to 7 minutes.
  • Add the shallots and cook until browned (about 2 minutes). Season with the fresh thyme and cook for another 30 seconds.
  • Add ¼ cup of the red wine. Scrape up any brown bits stuck to the bottom of the pan. Then, add the remaining ¼ cup of wine and the Worcestershire sauce. Reduce heat and let the skillet simmer until the liquid has reduced by half (about 5 to 7 minutes). If the sauce becomes too thick, add anther ¼ cup wine.
  • Take the pan off heat and stir in the butter, one tablespoon at a time, swirling to melt. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Spoon the sauce over expertly cooked medium rare steaks and serve!

How to Store Leftovers

This red wine sauce is just as good the next day! In fact, it should keep in an airtight container in your fridge for up to four days, and your freezer for up to six months.

How to Reheat

You can reheat this sauce to enjoy with future beef dishes. A shallow pan on the stove is a great option, but the microwave always works in a pinch.

A steak is piled with mushrooms, red wine pan sauce, and laid over a bed of broccoli.

What Else to Serve With Red Wine and Shallot Sauce

This red wine and shallot sauce is delectable with just about any cut of red meat (i.e. a thick bone in ribeye steak, filet mignon, beef tenderloin, New York strip, or even lamb). But there are plenty of opportunities to get creative–you can adapt it to be used as a pasta sauce, or with other lighter meats like chicken or pork. However, we do believe it is best on a meaty red cut.

FAQs

What Does Red Wine Do to Sauce?

Adding red wine to a sauce works to enhance the flavors of all the other ingredients in the sauce, while also dissolving fats (i.e. the olive oil and butter) in order to “unlock” entirely new tastes. A little goes a long way–this recipe calls for just a cup of red wine–to make your meal more rich and savory and make sure the flavor profile is reaching its full potential.

HOW TO THICKEN A RED WINE SAUCE

If you want a thicker red wine sauce, try adding flour. Add two tablespoons of flour and ¼ cup of water, whisk until smooth, and repeat until you reach your desired consistency.

What TYPE OF WINE TO USE?

Dry red wines with just a hint of sweetness are perfect for a red wine sauce. This includes any variety of full bodied reds like cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, or merlot. The silky consistency of these wines also give the sauce a lovely texture. And, they also pair perfectly with this meal. Win win.

Ribeye laid over broccoli and cavatelli, all drizzled over with a mushroom shallot red wine pan sauce for steaks.

STEAK RECIPES (TO PUT THE SAUCE ON!):

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Easy Red Wine Sauce for Steaks

5 from 31 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Easy Red Wine and Shallot Pan Sauce for Steaks | Kita Roberts GirlCarnivore.com
This steak sauce with red wine is surprisingly quick and easy to make. A rich pan sauce with earthy notes, and deep red wine. It’s the best way to top of your favorite cut of steak.

Ingredients  

  • 1 cup mushrooms* stems removed, optional
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • salt
  • 1 shallot sliced thin
  • thyme
  • pepper
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbs butter

Instructions 

  • Swirl the olive oil in a preheated skillet over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and toss to coat.
  • Sprinkle with salt and allow the mushrooms to cook until the liquid has been pulled out of them and absorbed, 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Add the shallot and cook until just statring to brown, about 2 minutes.
  • Season with fresh thyme and cook 30 seconds longer.
  • Deglaze the pan by slowely adding 1/4 cup of the wine.
  • Scrape up any browned bits that may be stuck to the bottom.
  • Add the remaining wine and Worcestershire sauce, reduce heat, and simmer for 5 to 7 minutes until the liquid has reduced by half.
  • If the sauce becomes too thick, add another 1/4 cup of wine or beef stock.
  • Off heat, stir in the 2 tablespoons of butter, one at a time, swirling to melt. Season with salt and pepper as needed.
  • Spoon over cooked steaks when ready to serve.

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Notes

This recipe works with or without mushrooms. If you have them, use them, if you don’t totally ok. 
If you don’t have a shallow on hand, use minced garlic and mined white onion as a quick substitute. 
This recipe works best in a skillet that just pan-seared a steak. The pan drippings add depth to the recipe. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 103mg | Potassium: 171mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 179IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, French
Author: Kita Roberts

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  1. Just a question. In your first description of how to make this sauce, you write to use first 1/4 cup of red wine and then add the remaining 3/4 cup. So 1 cup total. In the recipe it says 1/2 cup total. It sounds delicious but I would like if you could tell me wether to use 1/2 cup or one whole cup of wine. The results would probably be rather different.
    I will try your recipe for the whole beef tenderloin this weekend and would love to also make the mushroom wine sauce. Thank you

    1. Great catch Maj-Britt. We have updated the recipe card to reflect the correct measurements. Your tenderloin sounds delicious. You may want to double this recipe for a whole tenderloin depending on how many people you plan to serve.

      1. Thanks so much for your quick response, Kita. I will double the recipe, thanks for your suggestion. Can’t wait to serve this, I’m sure it will be delicious!